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How to Use Tabbed Browsing in Internet Explorer in Vista Tabbed browsing is a feature in Internet Explorer that allows you to open multiple websites in a single browser window. You can open webpages on new tabs, and switch between them by clicking the tab. If you have multiple tabs open, you can use Quick Tabs to easily switch to other tabs. The advantage is that you have fewer items open on the taskbar. For more information, see: Windows Vista Help and How-to: Tabbed Browsing FAQs EXAMPLE: Internet Explorer Tabs on the Toolbar How to Change Tabbed Browsing Settings in Internet Explorer 1. Open IE7 and click Tools. A) Go to step 3. OR 2. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View) 3. Click on Internet Options. 4. Under the Tabs section, click on the Settings button. (See screenshot below) 5. To Enable or Disable Tabbed Browsing A) Check or uncheck Enable Tabbed Browsing. (See screenshot below step 6) NOTE: You will need to close and restart IE7 to apply. 6. If enabled, check or dot the settings you want. NOTE: To restore the default tabbed browsing settings, click on the Restore defaults button. 7. Click on OK. (See screenshot above) 8. Click on OK again. (See screenshot below step 4) How to Make Internet Explorer Open the Last Opened Tabs again NOTE: This saves your currently opened tabs when you close IE, and open them automatically the next time you use IE. 1. For how, see: Internet Explorer - Reopen Last Browsing Session How to Open or Close a Tab in Internet Explorer NOTE: IE automatically opens inside a tab when opened unless you disabled Tabbed browsing. 1. To Open a New Tab A) Click on the last tab, on a tab, or Quick Tabs button. (See screenshot below step 2) 2. To Close a Tab A) Click on the X in the tab's upper right corner. How to Use Quick Tabs in Internet Explorer 1. Click on the left (four windows) Quick Tabs button to see a thumbnail view of each open tab. (See red box in screenshot below) NOTE: Click on the button again to close it. A) Click on a thumbnail to choose to open that tab. B) Click on the X to close that tab. 2. Click on the right (arrow) Quick Tabs button to see a drop down list of the tabs. (See red box in screenshot below) NOTE: Click on the button again to close it. A) Click on the tab listed you want to open. That's it, Shawn How to Put the Menu Bar on Top in Internet Explorer 7 How to Add or Remove the Internet Explorer 7 Search Box in Vista How to Change the Internet Explorer 7 Search Box Settings in Vista How to Delete the Internet Explorer Browsing History in Vista How to Create Shortcuts to Delete Internet Explorer Browsing History in Vista How to View the Internet Explorer Temporary Internet Files and Settings in Vista How to Create or Remove a Custom Title Bar in Internet Explorer 7 How to Change the Maximum Download Sessions in Internet Explorer for Vista How to Add a Fully Functional IE7 Shortcut Icon to the Desktop in Vista How to Fix a Crashing Internet Explorer in Vista How to Use Find CTRL+F to Find Text on a Page How to Allow or Block Cookies in Internet Explorer in Vista How to Turn On or Off and Use IE7 Pop-up Blocker in Vista How to Import and Export Favorites in Internet Explorer How to Remove or Restore the Vista Internet Explorer Command Bar How to Reopen the Last Browsing Session in Vista Internet Explorer How to Drag and Drop the Tabs in Internet Explorer 9 How to Turn the "Always close all tabs" Warning Message On or Off in Internet Explorer
How to Enable or Disable Fast User Switching in Vista and Windows 7 Fast User Switching or Switch User is a feature in Windows that allows you to switch to a different computer user account without closing programs and files first, and then be able to switch back where you left off. This makes it easier to share a computer with others. Fast User Switching is enabled by default. This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Switch User from the Start menu, CTRL+ALT+DEL screen, and Task Manager for all user accounts or only the current user account on the computer. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial. If you want to add or remove Lock and Switch User from the Start menu, then see: How to Add or Remove Lock and Switch User from the Start Menu in Vista EXAMPLE: Before and After Switch User Removal NOTE: In Windows 7, "Switch User" is grayed out and disabled in the Start Menu instead of removed. Using Local Group Policy Editor 1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor. 2. In the left pane, click on Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and Logon. (See screenshot below step 3) 3. In the right pane, right click on Hide entry points for Fast User Switching,and click on Properties. 4. To Add Switch User Back to All Users A) Dot Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5) NOTE: Not configured is the default setting. B) Go to step 6. 5. To Remove Switch User for All Users A) Dot Enabled and click on OK. (See screenshot below) 6. Close Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done. Using a REG File Download NOTE: This method will work for all Vista and Windows 7 editions. 1. To Remove Switch User for All Users A) Click on the download button below to download the file below. Remove_All_Switch_User.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/remove_all_switch_user-reg.2337/ B) Go to step 4. 2. To Remove Switch User for Current User Only A) Click on the download button below to download the file below. Remove_Current_Switch_User.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/remove_current_switch_user-reg.20685/ B) Go to step 4. 3. To Add Switch User for All Users NOTE: This is the default setting. A) Click on the download button below to download the file below. Add_All_Switch_User.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/add_all_switch_user-reg.26586/ 4. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 5. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 6. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes. 8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. Manually Using the Registry Editor NOTE: This method will work for all Vista and Windows 7 editions. 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. 3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt. OPTION ONE: To Add or Remove Switch User for All Users 4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) NOTE: If you do not have System, then right click on Polices and click on New and Key, then type System and press Enter. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System 5. To Remove Switch User A) In the right pane of the System key, right click on a empty area and click New and click DWORD (32 bit) Value. B) Type HideFastUserSwitching and press Enter. (See screenshot below) C) Right click on HideFastUserSwitching and click Modify. (See screenshot below) D) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below) E) Go to step 8. 6. To Add Switch User NOTE: This is the default setting. A) Right click on HideFastUserSwitching and click Delete. (See screenshot below step 5C) B) Click Yes to confirm the delete. C) Go to step 8. OPTION TWO: To Add or Remove Switch User for Current User Only 7. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) NOTE: If you do not have System, then right click on Polices and click New -> Key, then type System and press Enter. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System A) Repeat step 5 or 6 above. 8. Close regedit. 9. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes. That's it, Shawn How to Remove or Show the Start Menu Shutdown Options in Vista How to Shutdown, Restart, Switch User, Log Off, Sleep, or Lock Vista from the Keyboard How to Customize the Start Menu in Vista How to Add or Remove Log Off from the Ctrl+Alt+Delete Screen in Vista How to Add or Remove Log Off from the Start Menu in Vista How to Add or Remove Lock and Switch User from the Start Menu in Vista How to Add or Remove "Switch User" from CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen and Start Menu How to Create a Switch User Desktop Shortcut in Vista How to Add or Remove Change Password from the Vista Ctrl+Alt+Delete Screen
How to Harvest, Restore, & Retain Icons on Vista This tutorial will show you how to harvest icons from your system and the internet, how to refresh and rebuild the icon cache to restore your icons, and how to retain your designated icons.OTHER REFERENCES ON ICONS: Neowin.net - Beautiful Windows Vista icons a double-edged sword JTB World Blog: How to show website favicons on the Vista desktop Vista Icons - Introducing Vista Icons - How to create Vista Icons Icon Extraction : There are literally thousands of icons on your system from Windows and from other programs you have installed. You can search for these icons from a Browse box when in the middle of changing an icon or you can get a program like PC Icon Extractor (free trial, cheap to buy) which will scan all types of files that contain icons and convert them into many types of image files for icon use. PC Icon Extractor How to Make Your Own Icons : Using image converter software you can convert photos and other image files to icons. A good free image converter program is Imagicon. Imagicon - Convert Image Formats From BMP/JPG/PNG To BMP/JPG/PNG/ICO How to Harvest Icons From the Internet Icons harvested from the internet are usually too small for Vista. Vista is designed to use scalable icons with greater pixel size than those used in XP or previous versions. You can use a free program like FavOrg to harvest icons from the internet for all your Favorites (favicons): Free FavOrg Download Or you can harvest favicons from internet sites manually. For example, www.google.com is the address at the top of your browser when you’re at the google site. Add “/favicon.ico” to this so it’s www.google.com/favicon.ico then hit enter and if the site has a favicon you’ll get a page with the favicon on it that you can copy to a Folder in your Documents that you make to store your icons. To Drag-and-Drop your Favorite shortcuts onto your Desktop, click on Start, then Favorites. Place the cursor over the link you want, depress and hold down the left mouse button, and move the mouse over the Desktop carrying the link with you. Then release the left mouse button dropping the link on the desktop. You may have to replace the link in your Favorites. Unfortunately, most icons from the internet and from third-party software are small icons in the 16 X 16 or 32 X 32 pixel range and Vista doesn’t like to display small icons in the large or medium icon display that it normally uses on the Desktop. When Vista is asked to do this, your designated small Icon often reverts to the generic IE icon even though in Properties it will show the correct icon. How to Reduce Your Icon Display Size NOTE: Reduce your icon display size to make Vista compatible with the smaller icons available on the web. 1. Right click on an empty space on your Desktop, select View, then Classic Icons. 2. See: How to Change the Advanced Appearance Settings in Vista A) At step 6, click on the drop down Item: list and select Icon. B) To the right of the Icon item, decrease the icon size to the low 20’s. NOTE: You can later experiment with sizing to see what works best for you. C) Click OK, then Apply, OK. How to Refresh the Icon Cache NOTE: Sometimes, even after resizing, Desktop and Taskbar icons that you have designated, especially internet shortcut icons, will revert to the generic IE icon. Refreshing the icon cache will often restore your designated icons. 1. Right-click on the Desktop. 2. Select Personalize and select Display Settings. 3. Change the Color from 32 bit to 16 bit and click Apply. (See screenshot below) 4. Change the Color back to 32 bit and click Apply. How to Rebuild the Icon Cache NOTE: The previous method for refreshing the icon cache is helpful if the iconcache.db file is not corrupt. (Step Three above) 1. For how see: Performance & Maintenance - Icon Cache - Rebuild How to Create a .lnk File Shortcut On Your Desktop 1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe. 2. Drag iexplore.exe to the Desktop. 3. Right-click the new iexplore shortcut, select Properties, select Target. 4. Modify the Target address to include the desired URL. NOTE: Leave the space between .EXE" and www. (Remove the space between www and .yahoo.com.) Example: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" Becomes: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" www .yahoo.com 5. Click Apply to apply the new Target. 6. Rename the shortcut as desired. A) Right click the shortcut, and click Rename. 7. Change the shortcut's icon to your custom icon. How to Retain Designated Icon NOTE: This is one more step to assure retention of your designated icons. 1. Right-click on your icon and select Properties. 2. Under the General tab, check Read-Only and click Apply. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If in the future you want to modify the shortcut, you will need to uncheck Read-Only. Be sure to check it back when done. Thanks to the many contributors to the Windows Communities who provided source materials from which this was compiled. Bruce How to Change a Shortcut Folder or File Icon in Vista How to Create a Desktop Internet Shortcut without the E Icon in Vista
How to Create a Fully Functional "Internet Explorer" Desktop Icon Shortcut in Vista This will show you how to create a Internet Explorer shortcut that has the Open Home Page, Start without Add-ons, and Internet Properties in the context menu. This does not work in Windows 7. The default location for the Internet Explorer exe file is at: 64 bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe 32 bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe EXAMPLE: Fully Functional Internet Explorer Shortcut NOTE: Properties opens Internet Properties, not the shortcut's properties. If You Use the Normal (Default) Start Menu 1. To Add Internet Explorer Shortcut A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. AddIE7IconTo Desktop.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/addie7icontodesktop-reg.150/ B) Go to step 3. 2. To Remove Internet Explorer Shortcut NOTE: You can also right click on the shortcut and click Delete. A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. RemoveIE7IconFrom Desktop.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/removeie7iconfromdesktop-reg.151/ 3. Click on Save, and save the reg file to the Desktop. 4. Right click on the downloaed .reg file, and click on Merge. 5. Click on Run , Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, OK when prompted. 6. You may need to right click on a empty area of your desktop and click on Refresh or press F5 to see the new Icon. 7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like If You Use the Classic Start Menu 1. To Add Internet Explorer Shortcut A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. AddIE7IconTo ClassicDesktop.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/addie7icontoclassicdesktop-reg.1021/ B) Go to step 3. 2. To Remove Internet Explorer Shortcut A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. RemoveIE7IconFromClassicDesktop.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/removeie7iconfromclassicdesktop-reg.1022/ 3. Click on Save, and save the reg file to the Desktop. 4. Right click on the downloaed .reg file, and click on Merge. 5. Click on Run , Continue (UAC), Yes, OK when prompted. 6. You may need to right click on a empty area of your desktop and click on Refresh or press F5 to see the new Icon. 7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like That's it, Shawn How to Create a "Internet Explorer" Desktop Icon in Windows 7 How to Restore and Change a Desktop Icon in Vista How to Use and Create a Flip 3D Shortcut in Vista How to Create a Show Desktop Shortcut in Vista How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons in Vista How to Use Quick Launch in Vista How to Create a Desktop Internet Shortcut without the E Icon in Vista How to Create Shortcuts to Delete Internet Explorer Browsing History in Vista How to Allow or Block Cookies in Internet Explorer in Vista How to Turn On or Off and Use IE7 Pop-up Blocker in Vista How to Restore the Internet Explorer No Add-ons Shortcut in Vista
How to Change the Menu to Appear to the Left or Right of a Click in Vista This will change all menus in Vista to appear to the left or right of where you click in Vista. EX: Windows Explorer Menu bar, right click Context Menu, etc.If the menu does not have enough room to fully open at the border of the window or display screen, it will compensate and open from the opposite direction of the border instead. This will override whatever side you have the menu set to open on below. EXAMPLE: Set to LEFT HANDED EXAMPLE: Set to RIGHT HANDED Here's How: 1. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View) 2. Click on the Tablet PC Settings icon. 3. To Have Menus Open to the Left A) Select (dot) Right-handed. (See screenshot below step 5) B) Go to step 5. 4. To Have Menus Open to the Right A) Select (dot) Left-handed. (See screenshot below step 5) 5. Click on OK. That's it, Shawn How to Speed up the Menu Show Delay Time in Vista How to Change the Visual Effects Options for Appearance and Performance in Vista How to Change the Advanced Appearance Settings in Vista How to Enable or Disable the Menu Bar in Vista How to Switch the Functions of the Left and Right Mouse Buttons
How to Change the Logon Screen Saver Wait Time in Vista When you enter a logon screen and do not click on a user and just let it sit, in 10 minutes (wait time) you will see the default logon screen saver. This will show you how to change the logon screen saver wait time to what you want instead. Here's How: 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. 3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt. 4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop 5. In the right pane, right click on ScreenSaveTimeOut and click Modify. (See screenshot above) 6. Type in how long you want the wait time to be for in seconds and click on OK. NOTE: The default time is 600 seconds (10 minutes). Just multiply how many minutes by 60 for the amount of seconds to enter. 7. Close regedit. That's it, Shawn How to Change the Logon Screen in Vista How to Use and Change a Screen Saver in Vista How to Enable the Hidden Aurora Boot Screen in Vista How to Change the Default Boot Screen in Vista SP1 How to Display a Logon Message Title and Text in Vista How to Logon Automatically at Startup in Vista How to Enable or Disable Secure Logon in Vista How to Add or Remove the Screen Saver Option in Vista How to Specify a Default Screen Saver for Users in Vista How to Enable or Disable the Log On Screen Saver in Vista How to Changed the Return to Sleep Timeout for a Unattended Wake Up in Vista
How to Change the ClearType Font Settings in Vista ClearType font smoothing makes text look sharp and clear on a LCD monitor. On a regular CRT (tube) monitor, this could make the text appear blurry and will need to be turned off.If your screen is an LCD and you are not running it at it's native screen resolution, then this can also cause blurryness. Here's How: 1. Right click on a empty area of your desktop and click on Personalize. (See screenshot below) 2. Click on the Window Color and Appearace link. (See screenshot below) 3. Click on the Open classic appearance properties for more color options link. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If the color scheme Windows Aero (All Vista editions except Home Basic) or Windows Vista Standard (Only Home Basic edition) is not running, then you will not see this screen, but see the screen in step 4 instead. 4. Click on the Effects button. (See screenshot below) 5. To Turn Off ClearType Font Smoothing - NOTE: It should be Off (Unchecked) for CRT monitors and On (Checked) for LCD monitors. A) Uncheck Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts. (See screenshot below step 6) B) Go to step 8. 6. To Turn On ClearType Font Smoothing NOTE: It should be Off (Unchecked) for CRT monitors and On (Checked) for LCD monitors. A) Check Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts. (See screenshot below) B) Continue on to step 7. 7. To Change the ClearType Font Smoothing Method A) Click on the drop down arrow and choose the method that looks better to you. (See screenshot below) 8. Click on OK. 9. Click on Apply in window for step 4 above to see the changes applied. NOTE: See if the fonts look sharp and clear to you. If not repeat the steps with a different setting until they do. 10. Click on OK and close the window from below step 2 above. That's it, Shawn How to Change the Advanced Appearance Settings in Vista How to Change the Visual Effects Options for Appearance and Performance in Vista How to Change the DPI Scale in Vista How to Change the Screen Resolution in Vista How to Change the Screen Refresh Rate in Vista How to Change the Default Vista Fonts
How to Disable or Enable Superfetch in Vista Superfetch is a new improved feature in Vista that monitors which applications you use the most and preloads these into your system memory (RAM) so they'll be ready when you need them. It treats system memory like a cache much more aggressively and effectively than any other version of Windows. Superfetch will help Vista prioritize background programs, (EX: Disk Defrag and Windows Defender), at a low priority so that they can do their job while your work always comes first. The folder Superfetch uses is located at: C:\Windows\PrefetchSometimes Superfetch may cause a bit of a longer startup as it loads everything into memory and your hard drive is running more to preload this data for Superfetch into system memory. This should improve over time as Superfetch learns by building a profile of your usage habbits and applies this information to it's prefetching decisions.This will vary from person to person and with how and what type of system you have set up. Try turning OFF Superfetch and see for yourself if your computer runs faster with or without it. You can always turn it back ON. In most cases your computer will run faster with Superfetch on after the initial loading into memory at startup. Superfetch may not be helpful for a server since it is always being ramdomly accessed. Here's How: 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type services and press Enter. 3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt. 4. Scroll down and right click on Superfetch and click on Properties. (See screenshot below) 5. To Disable Superfetch A) Click on the Stop button and click on Disabled under the Startup type: drop down menu. (See screenshot below step 6B) B) Click on OK. C) Go to step 7. 6. To Enable Superfetch NOTE: This is the default setting. A) Click on Automatic (Under Startup type) and click on the Apply button, then click on the Start button. B) Click on OK. 7. Close Services window. That's it, Shawn How to Use ReadyBoost in Vista How to Change What Superfetch will Preload in Vista How to Change the Virtual Memory Paging File in Vista How to Start the Memory Diagnostics Tool in Vista
How to Display Information About Previous Logons During User Logon in Vista and Windows 7 This will show you how to display the previous number of successful and unsuccessful logon attempts, with the date and time, display when logging on. You would then just click Ok to continue to logon and start Vista or Windows 7.This can be useful if you need to keep track of how many logon attempts where made to your system. EXAMPLE: (After you logon) Through the Local Group Policy Editor 1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor. 2. In the left pane, click on Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Windows Logon Options. (See screenshot below) 3. In the right pane, right click on Display information about previous logons during user logon and click on Properties. 4. To Not Display Logon Information A) Dot Disabled or Not Configured and click OK. (See screenshot below step 3) B) Go to step 6. 5. To Display Logon Information A) Dot Enabled and click on OK. 6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Using a REG File Download 1. To Display Logon Information A) Click on the download button below to download the file below. Logon Information.reg file. https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/logon-information-reg.830/ B) Go to step 3. 2. To Not Display Logon Information A) Click on the download button below to download the file below Undo_Logon_Information.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/undo_logon_information-reg.1665/ 3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 7. Log off and log on or restart the computer to apply the changes. 8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. Manually in Registry Editor 1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter. 2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7) 3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (See screenshot below step 4) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System 4. In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. 5. Type DisplayLastLogonInfo and press Enter. (See screenshots below) 6. In the right pane, right click on DisplayLastLogonInfo and click on Modify. 7. To Display Last Logon Information A) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 7) B) Go to step 9. 8. To Undo Logon Information A) Type 0 (number zero) and click on OK. NOTE: You can also right click on DisplayLastLogonInfo and click on Delete. (See screenshot below step 6) 9. This is how the registry should now look. (See screenshot below) 10. Close regedit. 11. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes. That's it, Shawn How to See Vista Boot Information at Startup How to See Windows Vista Current License Information How to See the About Windows Vista and System Information How to Change the Number of Logon Entries Allowed to be Saved in the Logon Cache in Vista How to Make Vista Require a Username and Password at Logon How to Change or Stop Password Expiration in Vista How to See What the System Uptime is in Vista How to Display a Logon Message Title and Text in Vista How to Hide a User Account in Vista How to Logon Automatically at Startup in Vista How to Enable or Disable Ctrl+Alt+Delete Secure Logon in Vista How to Set Vista Account Lockout when a User Fails to Logon Enable or Disable Detailed Logon, Logoff, and Shutdown Status Messages in Vista How to Change the "Welcome" Text Message at Log On in Windows 7 and Vista How to Set a Default User Logon Picture for All Users in Vista and Windows 7 How to Fix Windows 7 Logon Screen Showing Only "Other User" and Last Logged On User Icon
How to Turn Windows Sidebar On or Off in Vista Sidebar provides a way to organize the information you want to access quickly, without cluttering your workspace. Sidebar is located on the desktop and contains gadgets, which are customizable mini-programs that display continuously updated information and allow you to perform common tasks without opening a window. For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: Windows Sidebar FAQs SHORTCUT LOCATION: Click Start button, All Programs, Accessories, and then Windows Sidebar. FILE PATH: C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe FREE SIDEBAR GADGETS: Windows Vista Gadget Gallery EXAMPLE: Windows Sidebar To Turn Off Windows Sidebar 1. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View) A) Click on the Windows Sidebar Properties icon. B) Go to step 4. OR 2. Right click on the Windows Sidebar tray icon. (See screenshot below) 3. Click on Properties. (See screenshot below) 4. Uncheck the Start Sidebar when Windows starts box. (See screenshot below) 5. Click on OK. 6. Right click on the Windows Sidebar tray icon. (See screenshot below) 7. Click on Exit. (See screenshot below step 3) To Turn On Windows Sidebar If Windows Sidebar will not start after this, then see: How to Fix Windows Sidebar not Starting in Vista 1. Open the Start menu and click on All Programs, Accessories, and Windows Sidebar. NOTE: If Windows Sidebar is not there, then go to: C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe and click on the sidebar.exe file. 2. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View) A) Click on the Windows Sidebar Properties icon. B) Go to step 4. OR 3. Right click the Windows Sidebar tray icon. (See screenshot below) A) Click on Properties. (See screenshot below) 4. Check the Start Sidebar when Windows starts box. (See screenshot below) 5. Click on OK to apply. That's it, Shawn How to Change the Windows Sidebar Theme in Vista How to Enable or Disable Windows Sidebar in Vista How to Fix Windows Sidebar not Starting in Vista How to Fix the Windows Sidebar Gadget not Displaying Correctly in Vista
How to See About Windows in Vista This will show you the version and build number of Vista, registered owner and organization, and how much RAM is available.The About Windows exe file is located at: C:\Windows\System32\winver.exe EXAMPLE: About Windows Here's How: 1. Open a Windows Explorer window. 2. Click on Help (on menu bar) and About Windows. (See screenshot below) OR 3. Open the Start Menu. 4. In the white line (Start Search) area, type winver and press Enter. That's it, Shawn How to See Windows Vista Current License Information How to See Vista Boot Information at Startup How to Display Information About Previous Logons During User Logon in Vista How to Find the Computer IP Address in Vista How to See What the System Uptime is in Vista How to Add a Logo and Support Information to Vista How to See System Information in Vista Enable or Disable Detailed Logon, Logoff, and Shutdown Status Messages in Vista
How to Open and Use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool in Vista and Windows 7 DirectX Diagnostic Tool helps you troubleshoot issues with the DirectX suite of multimedia technologies that come with Vista and Windows 7. For more information and what to look for, see: Microsoft Help and How-to: Run DirectX Diagnostic Tool and Diagnosing basic problems with DirectX This can be handy if you're having trouble getting game animation or a movie to run properly, you should run DirectX Diagnostic Tool to see if it can help you find the source of the problem.If you have the 64-bit Vista or Windows 7, then the DirectX Diagnostic Tool will have a extra Run 64-bit DxDiag button where the 32-bit Vista and Windows 7 will not. It does the same thing, but for the 64-bit versions only. Here's How: 1. Open the Start Menu, then type dxdiag in the search box and press Enter. 2. Here is a screenshot of each tab in dxdiag so you can see where the information you may receive from this tool is at in the Notes box, if it finds any problems. (see screenshots below) 3. Click on the Exit button when done. System tab: Display tab: Sound tab: NOTE: You may have more than one Sound tab if you have more than one sound output or input. Input tab: That's it, Shawn How to Generate a System Health Report in Vista How to Start the Memory Diagnostics Tool in Vista How to Repair and Verify the Integrity of Vista System Files with System File Checker How to Troubleshoot the Computer with Reliability Monitor in Vista How to Run Check Disk at Startup in Vista How to Use the Resource Monitor in Vista
How to Underline Keyboard Shortcuts and Access Keys in Vista and Windows 7 This will show you how to temporarily or always have the Alt + key shortcuts underlined in all of the Vista menus. This can make it easier for you to use the keyboard shortcuts for these menu options. EXAMPLE: Not Underlined and Underlined To Temporarily Underline the Keyboard Shortcuts NOTE: This option will only temporarily underline the shortcut keys for the menu options until you use the shortcut, press the Alt key again, or click on anything else. 1. Press the Alt key. To Turn Underlined Keyboard Shortcuts On or Off NOTE: This option will underline the shortcut keys for the menu items until you turn it off again. 1. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View) 2. Click on the Click to play button in the video below. http://www.vistax64.com/download/flash/Underline_Shortcuts.swf That's it, Shawn How to Use Mouse Keys in Vista How to Change the Keyboard Settings in Vista How to Adjust the Thickness of the Blinking Cursor in Vista How to Turn the Toggle Keys Beep Alert On or Off in Vista List of All Keyboard Shortcuts in Vista How to Enable or Disable the Menu Bar in Vista How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for a Program in Vista
How to Turn Pop-Up Descriptions On or Off in Vista This will show you how to turn pop-up descriptions when you move the mouse pointer over a folder or desktop item on or off. This is turned on by default.This is one of the only ways to see the size of a folder. The other way is to right click on the folder and click Properties. EXAMPLE: Pop-up Description Through Folder Options 1. Open Folder Options. 2. Click on the View tab. (See screenshot below step 4) 3. To Turn Off Pop-up Descriptions A) Uncheck the Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items box. B) Click on OK. 4. To Turn On Pop-up Descriptions A) Check the Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items box. B) Click on OK. Using a REG File Download 1. To Enable Pop-Up Descriptions A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Enable_Pop-Ups.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/enable_pop-ups-reg.1749/ B) Go to step 3. 2. To Disable Pop-Up Descriptions A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Disable_Pop-Ups.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/disable_pop-ups-reg.1748/ 3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. Manually in Registry Editor 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. 3. If prompted, click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt. 4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced 5. In the right pane, right click on ShowInfoTip and click Modify. 6. To Enable Pop-Up Descriptions A) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below) B) Go to step 8. 7. To Disable Pop-Up Descriptions A) Type 0 (number zero) and click on OK 8. Close regedit. That's it, Shawn How to Restore the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8 How to Change How Long a Notification Dialog Box Will Stay Open in Vista How to Disable or Enable the Security Center Alert Warning Notification in Vista How to Disable or Enable Low Disk Space Warning in Vista How to Change Windows Defender Notification Options How to Open and Change Folder Options in Vista How to See the Folder Size in Vista How to Enable or Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips in Vista How to Change the Mouse Hover Time before Pop-up Displays in Vista
How to Hide or Show a Notification Icon in Vista This will show you how to change each of the system tray icons in the notification area to be set as Hide all the time, Hide when inactive, or Show all the time. Here's How: 1. Right click on a empty area of the Taskbar. 2. Click on Properties. 3. Click on the Navigation Area tab. (See screenshot below) 4. To Show All Icons on the Traybar A) Uncheck Hide inactive icons and click Apply. B) Go to step 9. 5. To Hide Inactive Icons on the Traybar A) Check Hide inactive icons and click Apply. 6. To Hide or Show Only Selected Icons A) Do step 5 first. B) Click on the Customize button. C) Click on a icon Item to highlight it. (See screenshot below step 9) D) Click the drop down box next to the icon item and choose the option you want. E) Click on Apply. 7. To Restore the Default Settings NOTE: This will set them all back to Hide when inactive. A) Click on the Default settings button. (See screenshot below step 9) B) Go to step 9. 8. To Reset and Clean the Icon list A) For how, see: How to Reset the Notification Area Icons Cache in Windows 7 and Vista 9. Click on OK to apply. 10. Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 6B) That's it, Shawn How to Change How Long a Notification Dialog Box Will Stay Open in Vista How to Reset the Notification Area Icons Cache in Windows 7 and Vista How to Enable or Disable the Notification Area System Icons in Vista How to Add or Remove a Toolbar on the Taskbar in Vista How to Show or Hide All Notification Area System Tray Icons in Vista How to Turn Group Similar Taskbar Buttons On or Off in Vista How to See the Date and Time on the Taskbar in Vista How to Lock or Unlock the Taskbar in Vista How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Toolbars in Vista How to Show or Hide Folder Full Path in the Vista Taskbar Buttons How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Always on Top in Vista How to Turn Taskbar Auto-hide On or Off in Vista
How to Change the Number of Domain Logon Cache Entries Saved in Windows CachedLogonsCount determines how many domain log on entries Vista and Windows 7 saves in the logon cache on the local computer. By default, when connecting to a domain Windows will cache the domain credentials locally so that they can be used to login even when the domain isn't available. This will show you how to change how many user account log on entries Windows saves in the logon cache on the local (your) computer. This will only work for computers that are configured to log in to a domain. It will not work for the Vista Home Basic and Home Premium editions, and Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, and Home Premium editions. Here's How: 1. Open the Start menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter. 2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7). 3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below step 4) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\winlogon 4. In the right pane of winlogon, right click on cachedlogonscount and click on Modify. 5. Type in a number between 0 to 50 for how many domain logon entries you want to be recorded in the logon cache, then click on OK. (see screenshot below) NOTE: The default value is 10. 0 disables log ons. 50 is the maximum number of log on entries allowed. 6. Close regedit. 7. Restart the computer to apply changes. That's it, Shawn How to Display Information About Previous Logons During User Logon in Vista How to See Vista Boot Information at Startup How to Make Vista Require a Username and Password at Logon How to Display a Logon Message Title and Text in Vista How to Change the Logon Screen in Vista How to Logon Automatically at Startup in Vista How to Enable or Disable Secure Logon in Vista How to Manage Stored User Names and Passwords in Vista How to Set Vista Account Lockout when a User Fails to Logon
How to Turn the Run Command Window On or Off in Vista Using the Run command is a quick way to open programs, files, folders, and websites (when you're connected to the Internet). If you're not using the Start menu in Classic view, the Search box on the Start menu can also be used in place of the Run command. EXAMPLE: Run Command Window Using Run Keyboard Shortcut 1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run command window. Using Run Shortcut Location 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. Click on All Programs. 3. Click on Accessories. 4. Run shortcut is located here by default. Start Search Area in the Start Menu 1. Open the Start menu. 2. Just type in the command in the white Start Search box and press Enter. (See screenshot below) OR 3. Type Run in the white Start Search box and press Enter to open the Run command window. (See screenshot below) Add the Run Button to the Start MenuWhen you click the Run button in the Start Menu, you get the Run command window at top in the example. 1. Right click on the Start Menu button. 2. Click on Properties. 3. Click on the Customize button. (See screenshot below) 4. Scroll down a bit and check the Run command box. (See screenshot below) 5. Click on OK. 6. Click on OK to apply. (See screenshot for step 3 above) That's it, Shawn How to Customize the Start Menu in Vista How to Open and Close a Application and Process in Vista Task Manager A List of Run Commands for Vista How to Enable or Disable Run Command Box in Windows 7
How to Customize the Recycle Bin Context Menu in Vista This will show you how to add a program of your choice to the Recycle Bin context menu for easy use. EXAMPLE: Before and two Afters Add Disk Cleanup, Search, or Clear System Temps NOTE: You can add one or all of these if you like. 1. To Add Disk Cleanup A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Add Disk Cleanup.reg file. https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/add-disk-cleanup-reg.2301/ B) Go to step 7. 2. To Remove Disk Cleanup A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Remove Disk Cleanup.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/remove-disk-cleanup-reg.2304/ B) Go to step 7. 3. To Add Search A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Add Search.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/add-search-reg.2302/ B) Go to step 7. 4. To Remove Search A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Remove Search.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/remove-search-reg.2305/ B) Go to step 7. 5. To Add Clear System Temps NOTE: This clears the %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp and %SystemRoot%\Temp temporary files in Vista. A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Add Clear System Temps.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/add-clear-system-temps-reg.2300/ B) Go to step 7. 6. To Remove Clear System Temps A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Remove Clear System Temps.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/remove-clear-system-temps-reg.2303/ 7. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 8. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 9. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 10. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. To Add a Item of Your Choice to the Recycle Bin Context Menu NOTE: I will be using the program Wise Disk Cleaner as the example. You can use any program you like instead. 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. 3. Click on Continue in theUAC prompt. 4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5) NOTE: If Shell is not there, then right click on {645FF040-5081-101B-9F0B-00AA002F954E} and click on New and Key. Type Shell and press Enter. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F0B-00AA002F954E}\shell 5. In the left pane, right click shell and click on New and Key. (See screenshot below) 6. Type the name you want to appear in the context menu and press Enter. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This will usually be the name of the program. For example: Wise Disk Cleaner. To REMOVE this, just right click on this key and click Delete and Yes. 7. In the left pane, right click on the name of new key (Step 6 above) and click on New and Key. EX: Wise Disk Cleaner. 8. Type command and press Enter. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This must be named command. 9. In right pane, right click (Default) and click on Modify. 10. Type in the full path of the program .exe file. (See screenshot below) NOTE: For the example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Wise Disk Cleaner\WiseDiskCleaner.exe 11. Click on OK to apply. 12. The part you just added to the registry should look like this screenshot below. 13. Close regedit. That's it, Shawn How to Replace Delete in the Recycle Bin Context Menu in Vista How to Change the Recycle Bin Storage Size in Vista How to Set Recycle Bin to Permanently Delete a Item Immediately in Vista How to Enable or Disable the Recycle Bin Delete Confirmation Dialog in Vista How to Fix the Recycle Bin Icon Not Refreshing When Emptied How to Restore and Change a Desktop Icon in Vista How to Restore Previous Versions of a File and Folder in Vista How to Fix a Corrupted Recycle Bin in Vista How to Restore the Search Context Menu Item after Installing the Vista SP1 How to Enable or Disable the Context Menu in Vista How to Add View and Print File Directory to the Context Menu in Vista How to Restore the Recycle Bin back to the Desktop in Vista
How to See and Flush the Contents of the DNS Resolver Cache in Windows When you type a web address into your web browser and press ENTER, you are sending a query to a DNS (Domain Name System) server. If the query is successful, the website you want opens; if not, you'll see an error message. A record of these successful and unsuccessful queries is stored in a temporary storage location on your computer called the DNS cache. DNS always checks the cache before querying any DNS server, and if a record is found that matches the query, DNS uses that record instead of querying the server. This makes queries faster and decreases network and Internet traffic. Internet Explorer has it's own DNS cache it manages, not including this one. For more detailed information, see: Windows Help and How-to: DNS (Domain Name System) FAQs This tutorial will show you how to see and flush the contents of the DNS (Domain Name System) Resolver cache. If this gets corrupted, it can cause internet connection problems. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial below. If the DNS Cache becomes corrupted, it can cause internet connection problems. Flushing the DNS Cache resets it clean.Resetting the cache does not eliminate entries that are preloaded from the local Hosts file. If you disabled the DNS Client in Services, this tutorial will not work because the DNS Cache is disabled. How to Flush the DNS Cache 1. Open an elevated command prompt. 2. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below and press Enter. (See screenshot below) ipconfig /flushdns 3. You will recieve the following message below if successful. Windows IP Configuration Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache. 4. In the elevated command prompt, type the commands below and press Enter one at a time. net stop dnscache net start dnscache 5. Close the elevated command prompt when done. How to See the Contents of the DNS Cache 1. Open an elevated command prompt. 2. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command belowand press Enter. (See screenshot below step 3) ipconfig /displaydns 3. You will now see the contents of the DNS cache. 4. Close the elevated command prompt when done. That's it, Shawn How to Enable or Disable the Receive Window Auto Tuning Level in Vista How to Clear the Thumbnail Cache in Vista How to Clear Vista Temporary Files in the Temp Folder How to Delete the Internet Explorer Browsing History in Vista How to Change or Disable the QoS Reserved Bandwidth Limit in Vista How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Vista How to Enable or Disable Clear Virtual Memory Paging File at Shutdown in Vista How to Enable or Disable the Chimney Offload State in Vista
How to Set Recycle Bin to Permanently Delete a Item Immediately in Vista This will show you how to set the Recycle Bin to not store deleted items and automatically delete them permanently instead when you delete them. If you do not want a delete confirmation prompt, then see: How to Enable or Disable the Recycle Bin Delete Confirmation Dialog in Vista If you had set the available storage size to use for the Recycle Bin to low, then the Recycle Bin will start permanently deleting files when new ones are added to it if it runs out of storage space. For more on this, see: How to Change the Recycle Bin Storage Size in Vista Keyboard Shortcut : 1. Press and hold Shift key. 2. Right click the item you want to permanently delete and click Delete. 3. Click on Yes to permanently delete. (See screenshot below) When you delete a file with the Recycle Bin set to permanently delete, it will be gone permanently. Use with caution.EXAMPLE: Recycle Bin Delete Confirmation Dialog Box NOTE: You will not see this anymore when you delete a file if the Recycle Bin is set to permanently delete. Here's How: 1. Right click on the Recyle Bin. 2. Click on Properties. (see screenshot below) 3. To Have Files Permanently Deleted Immediately when Deleted A) Dot Do not move file to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted. B) Go to step 5. 4. To Have Files Place in the Recycle Bin when Deleted A) Dot Custom size. NOTE: You can also adjust the maximum storage size of the Recycle Bin here if you like to. 5. Click on Apply and OK. That's it, Shawn How to Change the Recycle Bin Storage Size in Vista How to Replace Delete in the Recycle Bin Context Menu in Vista How to Enable or Disable the Recycle Bin Delete Confirmation Dialog in Vista How to Customize the Recycle Bin Context Menu in Vista How to Fix the Recycle Bin Icon Not Refreshing When Emptied How to Restore and Change a Desktop Icon in Vista How to Restore Previous Versions of a File and Folder in Vista How to Fix a Corrupted Recycle Bin in Vista How to Change the Recycle Bin Storage Size in Vista How to Restore the Recycle Bin back to the Desktop in Vista
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